Expert Takes on the Vikings QB Situation
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 04, 2018,
Mar 04, 2018, 1:42
Minnesota is built around its defense, and Zimmer said he went out of his way to stress to Spielman he wants to ensure that signing a quarterback does not handicap the organization from feeding the team talent at other positions. "The one thing we have to be careful about with Dalvin is, you know, we don't wear him out". Bridgewater has been out of the game for two seasons, Bradford has a poor injury record, and Keenum is not guaranteed to reproduce his heroics of 2017. Sam Bradford also appears to be on his way out.
Former Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage knows the Broncos better than most prospects in the upcoming draft.
"What I don't want to do is say, 'OK, this is the one thing, we're going to do this, ' and take away from the things that have gotten us to this point", he added.
Word at the combine is the Vikings would like to retain free agent Tom Johnson, last year's starting defensive tackle, but in a reduced role. The NFL is expected to make a ruling prior to March 12 whether Teddy Bridgewater will be unrestricted or if his contract will toll for 2018 because he was on reserve/physically unable to perform for the first six weeks of the 2017 season. "Really, though, I'm just excited about the opportunity to play in the league", Ballage said.
SHURMUR ON STEFANSKI: Giants coach Pat Shurmur didn't get his first choice for offensive coordinator after the Vikings blocked him from interviewing quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski for the position in mid-February. The Vikings had a great team around him, sure, but it would be ridiculous to pretend that they just carried Keenum the whole way.
"He thinks he's trying to get better, trying to get better, he's just going about it the wrong way". Is Case the guy that played for the Rams or the guy that played for us?
After missing most of this past season with a knee injury, the 30-year-old was activated for the playoffs, meaning he should be back at 100 per cent.
Zimmer praised all three Vikings quarterbacks for their contributions but pointed out the uncertainty with each option. If Zimmer is concerned about what a potential contract for Cousins would do to the team's ability to maintain a stout defense and/or its ability to be competitive beyond a short-term window, that's significant.
Chadiha said that Cousins is a "very popular name", making him a likely target for multiple teams. "If we don't do that, then I'll probably get fired".
And after a season in which Keenum stepped up to help lead Minnesota to a 13-3 regular season and appearance in the NFC Championship game, the Vikings understand the impact a backup can have. We've still got some time. "This kid is a great competitor". "You go back and you look at what he's done in the past and where he's at this year. But it didn't tell me if he's going to stay healthy".